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Sirens & Gavels prostitutes archive

FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012

7th suspected brothel owner arrested

The owner of two Spokane businesses suspected of being prostitution fronts was released from jail Thursday after being arrested Wednesday. William R. Westover, 41, faces money laundering and promoting prostitution charges after a 14-month investigation culminated in raids at eight suspected brothels. Westover owns the...

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THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012

Suspected brothel owners released

Five women and one man arrested in a sweeping anti-prostitution investigation at Spokane-area spas and massage parlors have been released from jail. The suspects, who own four of eight suspected brothels raided Tuesday, have no criminal records and were allowed to leave without posting bond....

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012

Eight suspected brothels, including the Oriental Spa South at 515 S. Maple Ave., were raided across the Spokane area July 10, 2012, by a multi-agency law enforcement task force. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Suspected area sex houses raided

Eight suspected brothels, including the Oriental Spa South at 515 S. Maple Ave., were raided across the Spokane area Tuesday by a multi-agency law enforcement task force. (SRphoto/Colin Mulvany) A yearlong investigation into widespread prostitution in Spokane County culminated Tuesday with raids at eight suspected...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2012

Man charged with woman's Aug. murder

A sex offender suspected of killing a Spokane woman who was working as a prostitute last August has been charged with murder. Derrick Ross Vargas, 25, is to appear in Superior Court today on a first-degree murder charge for the brutal slaying of Evon M....

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THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2011

Cops: Sex offender tried to rape hooker

A sex offender jailed in California has been charged with trying to rape a Spokane prostitute at knifepoint. Robert James Barbee, 38, also faces a federal charge of failing to register as a sex offender after investigators say he moved to the area from California...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5, 2011

Murder suspect pleads not guilty to rape

A sex offender suspected of killing a 48-year-old Spokane woman pleaded not guilty to a separate rape case today in Spokane County Superior Court. Derrick Ross Vargas, 24, remains in Spokane County Jail on $250,000 bond after his arraignment before Judge Sam Cozza. Family members...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 4, 2011

John arrested after 'trick gone bad'

A Spokane man was arrested on assault and attempted robbery after police found a prostitute bleeding from her head and barely conscious James R. Jacobson, 32, is accused of assaulting the woman with a large rock while trying to get back $40 he'd given her...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2011

Sex offender arrested for rape

A sex offender released from federal prison last month is accused of raping a Spokane prostitute in an attack that was discovered by an observant state trooper patrolling traffic. Derrick Ross Vargas, 24, was arrested early Friday after a Washington State Patrol trooper said he...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 23, 2011

Man accused of threatening prostitute

A 48-year-old man who traveled to Spokane from California last week is accused of threatening a prostitute with a knife on East Sprague Avenue. James L. Brewer, of Sacramento, is charged with second-degree assault after a prostitute told police he'd chased her with a knife...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011

Man robbed while looking for prostitute 

A man looking for sex with a prostitute was robbed of his cash after soliciting women on East Sprague Avenue in Spokane last weekend, according to court documents filed Tuesday. Jessica N. Shelton, 22, and Joel M. Arevalo, 19, were arrested on first-degree robbery charges...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011

Spokane prostitute charged with perjury

A Spokane prostitute is accused of lying about her identity and fabricating testimony during a bench trial last fall. Jodi R. Macabitas, 42, alias Jodi R. Rima, appeared in court Tuesday on charges on felony charges of first-degree perjury and false swearing. Investigators say Macabitas...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 29, 2010

Pierre West enters court in May 2009 to face charges of first-degree kidnapping, rape and assault for attacks on prostitutes that date to 2005.  (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Verdict means life in prison for rapist 

A child rapist faces life in prison after a Spokane County jury convicted him Friday of three crimes involving sexual assaults against prostitutes. Pierre D. West, 49, clenched his jaw and shook his head as Superior Court Judge Michael Price said a jury had convicted...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 19, 2010

Pierre West enters court in May 2009 to face charges of first-degree kidnapping, rape and assault for attacks on prostitutes that date to 2005.  (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Trial this week for accused prostitute rapist 

Jury selection is set to begin today for the second trial of a convicted sex offender accused of raping prostitutes. Pierre D. West, 49, was convicted of two counts of second-degree rape, three counts of unlawful imprisonment, three counts of felony harassment and two counts...

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